Each Friday (or sometimes even Saturday), I post Flashback Friday, where I use St. Ignatius of Loyola’s Examen as a guide and usually ask the following questions: For what are you least grateful this past week? For what are you most grateful this past week?
My aunt is in the hospital. She went in one hospital late Wednesday night, then was transferred Thursday to another. Initially, she was taken in for high blood sugar, but then the doctors learned of further complications, namely that her heart is weakening. Friday, we learned that she had a heart attack, although they’re not sure when it happened.
As a result, a niece, one of my cousins, is flying up from N.C. to see my aunt, because she doesn’t know if this might be the last time she sees her. Unfortunately, my aunt has had a heart attack before and many diabetic episodes, so I also am going over to visit her sometime soon, because of that. One never knows.
With the above in mind, I am most grateful for time off from work, thanks to vacation hours still at my part-time job. Even though I don’t always work on Saturdays, today is an annual special event in our town and as Fate or Providence would have it, I didn’t schedule to work today, allowing me not only a break from a busy day at the library, but also an opportunity to go see my aunt later today if I so choose. I might go tomorrow, but I really don’t want to wait too long. As a result of my long weekend, and not having to go back to work until late Wednesday afternoon, I also have the opportunity to see my cousin possibly on Tuesday. She’s supposed to arrive then and stay with my sister, to start, who lives near the hospital where my aunt is, so depending on when she arrives, I might be able to go over to see her.
Initially, I had planned to spend much of this weekend reading, and I still intend to do some reading. Tomorrow, during my regular Sunday Salon post, I will talk about that, but I will just say that my reading this past week has been slow and I hope to be able to read a book or two during the break I have been afforded, inasmuch time I am not on the road to see my aunt or visiting with her. That still should leave me at least two relatively uninterrupted days (Sunday and Monday) of reading, which, with any time I can spend reading, I am indeed most grateful. I say “relatively uninterrupted” not only because of potential circumstances changing with my aunt, but also because of, on a lighter side, fantasy football.
For what are you least and most grateful this past week?
Those of you who subscribe to this blog might have seen a different version of this post in your feed. I deleted that one because upon a short reflection, I decided that the way I juxtaposed my aunt’s illness with my opportunity to read this weekend might come across as insensitive. I didn’t intend it that way, but after reading it after I hit “Publish,” I realized that could be the case. I only hope that I worded it right this time around.